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Expertise in Tribunals

This refers to the article "Omissions in the commissions" (Business Line, December 1). The very purpose of setting up Tribunals, such as Company Law Tribunal, National Tax Tribunal and so on, is to obviate delays in delivery of justice.

With cases becoming increasingly complex and technical, it has become imperative on the part of the judiciary to acquire expertise not only in the law but also in the subject to which the case relates.

Appointment of the judicial officers without such qualifications to the chair of Tribunals would only result in drawbacks of judiciary such as undue prolonged delays in disposal of the cases, rigidity in interpretation of laws and complicated procedures.

Hence, the tribunals should be headed by those who have expertise and knowledge in the relevant subject rather than only in law. This will not affect the powers and independence of the judiciary, for the orders of the tribunals are subject to the review of the judiciary.

C. Ramesh

Keeramangalam, (TN)

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